Bachelor of Arts in English Studies

About

In the English Studies Program, you will cultivate an awareness of words and expressions that help you effectively communicate with eloquence. You will develop an analytical and interdisciplinary consciousness, motivating you to expand your understanding of writers, literary periods, cultural beliefs and historical events. These skills will prepare you for a modern, competitive, global and literate marketplace.

Mission Statement

The English Literature Program develops students’ abilities in analytical reading, writing, and thinking through study of significant literary texts in British, American, and world literature.

Why Study English at Eastern?

We are committed to student accomplishment and success


Variety of Writing Courses

Various writing course levels designed to fit students' individual needs, interests, and starting points

Writing or Literature

Options to focus on advanced writing skills or in-depth literature studies

Multimodal Composing & Reading

Courses focused on critically engaging with texts in an increasingly digital world

Student Focused

Trained professionals dedicated to assisting students' future professional and academic goals

Dedicated Faculty

Faculty who are invested and committed to student interests, learning styles, and individuality

Careers in English Studies

Earning a degree or minor in English Studies from Eastern Washington University leads to many career opportunities:


Editor and Content Manager

Content Writing

Business

Social Media Manager

Human Resources Specialist

Publishing

Curriculum & Requirements

English Studies, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

English Studies prepares students for the analytical work necessary in the 21st century economy. Grounded in critical reading and writing, the English Studies curriculum offers students the opportunity to study language, diverse literature, theories, genres, and writing practices. Further, the curriculum provides students with opportunities to gain experience developing projects to help solve problems in the community. In addition to these areas of studies, students have the option to focus their 400–level courses on one of the following tracks: professional and public writing or literature and humanities.

A degree in English Studies prepares students for numerous careers and post-baccalaureate work. Some of these careers include work in publishing, editing, content writing, and business. Students are also prepared for graduate level work in Library Science, Law, Education, English (all sub disciplines), Communication, and many others.

Note: ENGL 250 and ENGL 271 require a minimum grade ≥B- in each course and a ≥B average for the two courses together.

Pre-Major Requirements–see admission requirements for remaining requirements for the common departmental pre-major
ENGL 250INTRODUCTION TO GENRE5
ENGL 271INTRODUCTION TO POETRY5
Department Core
ENGL 200INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH STUDIES 1
ENGL 273INTRODUCTION TO THEORY5
ENGL 401ADVANCED COMPOSITION5
Required Electives
Cultural Competency–choose one5
ENGLISH: HISTORIES AND VARIETIES
A GLOBAL VIEW THROUGH CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
WORLD LITERATURES
SURVEY OF NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
WOMEN, LITERATURE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Multiliteracies–choose one5
TOPICS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE
SHAKESPEARE
STUDIES IN EPIC FANTASY
PRINT LAYOUT AND CONTENT DESIGN
Professional Writing–choose one5
WRITING FOR THE PROFESSIONS
PUBLIC RHETORICS AND WRITING ECOLOGIES
WRITING WEB CONTENT
Literary Histories–choose one5
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II
BRITISH LITERATURE I: BEGINNINGS THROUGH 18TH CENTURY
BRITISH LITERATURE II: ROMANTICISM TO THE PRESENT
Humanities–choose one5
FOLKLORE
MYTHOLOGY
LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE
Theory and Methods–choose one 5
POST COLONIAL THEORY
WRITING AND RHETORICAL THEORY
REMIX STUDIES: CULTURAL AND RHETORICAL THEORY
Literature and Humanities Concentration–choose two courses10
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE I: MAJOR AUTHORS
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE II: STUDIES IN GENRE
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE III: LITERARY ERAS
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE IV: SPECIAL TOPICS
LITERATURE OF THE PNW
LGBT WRITERS: THEIR LIVES AND THEIR WORKS
Public and Professional Writing and Rhetoric Concentration
JRNM 453PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING5
TCOM 407PROPOSAL WRITING5
Senior Capstone
ENGL 490SENIOR CAPSTONE5
Total Credits76

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who earn a BA in English Studies at EWU should be able to do the following:

  • analyze texts by considering diverse purposes, contexts, and genres;
  • design a project that is appropriate for the rhetorical situation;
  • produce texts for specific purposes using appropriate genre and mode;
  • use theoretical frameworks to address social or communication problems.

Contact Us:

For general questions relating to the English Department, please contact:

Chris Valeo

English Department Chair